3 – Alexis Sánchez
The world of Premier League football knows what they get with Alexis Sánchez, a player who, even in the event of physical burnout and hamstring woes, managed to climb up to 10th in the Premier League’s rankings of most points accrued by forwards.
In hope of seeing a more rejuvenated version of Sánchez this season, the Chilean could well replicate, or even better his register of 16 league goals and eight assists amassed in the 2014/15 season. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the 27-year-old’s virtual form in Fantasy Premier League football is that he’s categorised as a midfielder in a season where he may actually find himself leading the line for the Gunners.
Recruiting a striker worthy of such big financial demands has proven to be extremely challenging for Arsenal to deal in the current transfer window, whereas their best bet to add to their attack appears to be a move for someone like Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
Should a winger/wide playmaker arrive at the Emirates Stadium and add to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott, now happy to play on the flanks, it’s plausible to believe Sánchez will be deployed as a centre forward, as was the case on international duty for Chile and in Arsenal’s latest friendly versus Manchester City last Sunday.
A tip that’s often dished out to fantasy team players is to always pack the midfielders with goalscorers, and so in Sánchez, the favourite to line up against Liverpool as a striker in Olivier Giroud’s absence, you have the prime opportunity to do so.
Alternatively, give Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino a look. The Brazilian, who notched three goals in pre-season, is likely to form a mouth-watering quartet with compatriot Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mané and Daniel Sturridge in Jürgen Klopp’s attack, spelling danger for a depleted Arsenal defence this weekend.